A European Development Plan for the Southern Neighborhood serving the socio-economic recovery in Morocco and the European Union

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A European Development Plan for the Southern Neighborhood serving the socio-economic recovery in Morocco and the European Union
Rabat, (MoFA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad hosted on Friday a videoconference on the prospects for cooperation between Morocco and the European Union (EU) as part of the European Development Plan for the Southern Neighborhood.

This videoconference was an opportunity for the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Mr.  Olivér Várhelyi to interact with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Mr. Nasser Bourita, of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform Mohammed Benchaaboun, of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research Mr. Saïd Amzazi, and of Industry, Trade, and Green and Digital Economy Mr. Moulay Hafid El Alamy, in addition to Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Mr.  Mohcine Jazouli as well as the CEO of the Moroccan agency for sustainable energy (MASEN) Mr. Mustapha Bakkoury.
During this meeting, the Moroccan side presented the different aspects of the economic recovery strategy developed by the Kingdom, in accordance with the Very High Directives of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist.
This meeting, of an unprecedented and operational format, is part of the strategic partnership uniting the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union, which was given a strong impetus thanks to the adoption of the Joint Political Declaration of June 27, 2019.
In this context, the two parties examined ways of strengthening the synergies between their respective recovery strategies and adapting to the new transitions brought about by the current context.
The Moroccan party formulated concrete proposals to lay the foundations for a resilient partnership model serving true competitiveness shared between Morocco and the European Union, in top priority sectors, notably at the financial, agricultural, industrial, educational, digital, energy and sustainable development levels.
The interaction made it possible to underline the similarities between the strategies of Morocco and the European Union and to note the shared views on the themes that could structure the partnership in the future and contribute to the efforts of economic recovery, diversification and resilience.
This meeting also allowed the two parties to discuss the next revision of the European neighborhood policy and the important contribution that Morocco should make to it.

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